What bugs me the most is how the REPLAY BOOTH f's up so damn much.
Refs make split second calls on bang bang plays. They can be forgiven. The booth has umpteen million frame by frame angles on every play. They have no excuse.
Charles catches it in the endzone, Bighill swats it out. Called incomplete. Goes to the booth, replay clearly shows a catch, both feet step to the ground, approx 1 second later swatted out. That is a TD. Replay decision is quote 'player did hot have possession'. Are you kidding? At least say inconclusive (except that the footage was clear).
Lion player makes a catch near the ground, called complete. Riders challenge. Replay shows the end of the ball possible squirming out of possession but view of ball touching ground is obscured. Players elbow moves out in what appears to be an attemp to to recorral a loose ball, but again no angle clearly shows the ball touching the turf. The ball PROBABLY touched, but you cannot OVERTURN on probably. That was INCONCLUSIVE but the booth overturned the catch.
Long pass to SJ Green incomplete near the goal line. Jump ball. Als want PI. Goes to booth. THIS IS ONE ON ONE FOOTAGE IN THE OPEN FIELD. Defender plants hands on Green's chest, shoves mightily before ball falls incomplete. Ruling 'defender did not make contact'. What fucking planet am I on???? SERIOUSLY!!
Banjo bowl last season. Rory Kohlert makes a fantastic toe drag catch on the sidelines. Called complete on the field. Riders challenge. One angle shows the clear catch but the toe and sideline are obscured so cannot tell if in bounds. owever, the black pellets can CLEARLY be seen flying up after the catch was made. Other angle ball and hands are obscured, but the toe dragging and black pellets clearly seen IN BOUNDS. Ruling overturned. Incomplete. COME ON!!!!!
There is a LONG LONG list of booth screw ups over the years and it is INEXCUSEABLE!
Lions scored a TD in Regina last year on a fumble into the endzone. Replay put the ball back on the 1. Fucking Stupid.
Barrin Simpson swatted a fumble out of bounds for Winnipeg a few years back on a kick return. Called correct on the field. Overturned by the noodles in the booth.
Riders at Hamilton back in 05 or 06. Hamilton throws a pass over the middle, defender pops him from behind, Riders recover fumble. Called correct on the field. Goes to the booth, there is question whether the receiver had established possession because he caught the ball with both feet in air. replay CLEARLY shows that both feet contact firmly on ground before contact is even made. Reverse angle shows ball pop out due to the contact. Booth overturns, pass incomplete.
It goes on and on and on and on and on. For each call that is made right there is almost one good call undone. It's getting to the point where it would be better to just scrap replay altogether because its downright embarrassing.